Isco to choose between Real Madrid and Manchester City

Ian Walton

There are few hotter properties in football than Malaga youngster Isco. With his club banned from European football, his manager moving on to Manchester City and a reasonably buyout clause in his contract, Isco has caught the eye of a few footballing giants -- amongst them City and Real Madrid.

The midfielder is currently on international duty with the Spanish under-21 side at the junior European Championships, but he'll apparently make his decision on his future following the tournament. He's confirmed that offers from both Real and City are on the table, and that Manuel Pellegrini's presence in Manchester is a point in the latter's favour, but has otherwise refused to be drawn on the matter.

The presence of playmakers at both clubs might complicate matters -- Real have Mesut Ozil on the books while City can counter with David Silva, but Isco should be able to force his way into both setups without too much of a problem. Either way, he's set to become very rich, very soon, and one of the two teams will have one of Europe's brightest young talents on their books. It's a win-win situation. Except for Malaga.

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